Nigerian Musicians


Full Name: David Adedeji Adeleke.
Also known as: Davido.
Stage Name: Davido
State of Origin: Osun State.
Date of Birth: 21 November 1992.
Residence: Lagos
Languages: Yoruba and English.
Years active: 2011 – present.
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist.
Labels: HKN Music.
Genres: Afropop.
Twitter: @iam_davido

David ‘Davido’ Adeleke is a popular Nigerian musician who came into limelight in 2011 after his rave hit single ‘Back When’. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States on November 21, 1992.
Davido was born into a very wealthy family. His father, Adedeji Adeleke is a billionaire business man while his late mother, Mrs. Veronica Adeleke was a University Lecturer before she passed on.

Davido began his education at the popular British International School, Lagos from where he moved to Oakwood University to study Business Administration but had to move back to Nigeria. Upon getting to Nigeria, Davido enrolled in Babcock University, Ogun State to continue his education.
While he was in the United States, Davido was a member of a musical group called the KB International. It was while he was with this group that he honed his musical talents before he decided to move back to Nigeria.

In May 2011, Davido released his first single titled “Back When”. The music became an instant hit and was well received by music lovers all around Africa. He followed up with another hit single’ Dami Duro’ in October 2011. Since then, it has been back to back hits from the very talented singer. Some of his other hit singles include ‘Aye’, ‘Skelewu’, ‘Overseas’ and ‘Gobe’.

Davido has also collaborated with a lot of Nigerian and International music acts. He collaborated with the South African singing group, Mafikizolo for the single ‘Tchelete’, Diamond Platinumz for ‘Number one’ and several other artists including Tiwa Savage, Lola Rae, Sarkodie and Mi Casa.

Davido has also had his own fair share of controversies. In 2012, a picture of him and what appeared to be a hooker in bed was circulated over the internet and just when his fans thought that it was a terrible slip which would never be repeated; another photo surfaced with yet another hooker.

There have also been controversies about the singer’s involvement in street/club fights, problems with law enforcement agents and aggressive behaviors in the past.
Davido has had endorsement deals with big brands like MTN and Guinness in the past. He once signed a N30 Million deal to become a brand ambassador for MTN.

At the age of 20, Davido acquired a N140 Million mansion for himself in the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos.
Davido has received dozens of awards and nominations in Nigeria and internationally. He is currently credited with about 26 awards and 48 awards nominations to his name.

David Adeleke is not only a great singer, he is also a father. In May 2015, the crooner had a daughter with his older ex-girlfriend, Sofie Momodu. He took to his social media pages to announce the birth of his daughter on the 15th of May, 2015 and also revealed that his daughter gets the biggest room in his newly acquired vacation home in Atlanta.

Although David has been linked to many women in the past, he is currently dating Sira Kante, a 19-year old model from Guinea. Although rumors have been circulating online that the pair have broken up.

Studio album
Omo Baba Olowo (2012)
Year Title Album
2011 “Back When” (featuring Naeto C) Omo Baba Olowo
“Dami Duro”
2012 “Ekuro”
“Overseas” (featuring Sina Rambo)
“Gbon Gbon”
“All of You”
“Feel Alright” (featuring Ice Prince)
2013 “Gobe” TBA
“One of a Kind”
2014 “Aye”
Awards and nominations
Davido awards and nominations
Awards and nominations

Totals Awards won 12
Nominations 16

Kora Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Himself Best Newcomer Award Won
Dynamix All Youth Awards
2011 Himself Promising Youth Artiste Won
“Back When” Song of the Year Won
Channel O Music Video Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2013 “Gobe” Most Gifted Afro Pop Video Nominated
2012 “Dami Duro” Most Gifted Dance Video of the Year Nominated
Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year Won
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)
Year Recipient Award Result
2013 “All of You” Best Dance Hall/Reggae Video Nominated
“Gobe” Best Pop Extra Video Nominated
2012 “Dami Duro” Best Video By A New Artiste (Live Beats Choice) Won
4Syte TV Music Video Awards
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2013 “Gobe” Best African Act Video Nominated
2012 “Dami Duro” Nominated
Ghana Music Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2014 Himself African Artiste Of The Year Pending
2013 Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2013 O.B.O (Omo Baba Olowo) Best Album of the Year Nominated
Himself Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year Won
2012 “Dami Duro” Hottest Single of the Year Won
Himself Best New Act of the Year Won
“Carolina” (Sauce Kid featuring Davido) Best Collabo of the Year Won
City People Entertainment Award
Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2013 Himself Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated
Best Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year Nominated
“Gobe” Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
The Headies
Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Davido Artiste of the Year Nominated
Hip Hop World Revelation Won
Omo Baba Olowo Best R&B/Pop Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated
“Gobe” Best Pop Single Nominated
2012 Himself Next Rated Won
“Dami Duro” Best Pop Single Nominated
“Carolina” (Sauce Kid featuring Davido) Best Collabo Nominated
World Music Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2014 Himself World’s Best Male Artist Pending
World’s Best Live Act Pending
World’s Best Entertainer Of The Year

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